5 Things You NEED to Know Before Adopting a Dog as a College Student

You might have noticed many of the university’s students have dogs and bring them to campus. And when I say many, I mean that almost half of the student body is a dog owner. And this might have you thinking about getting yourself a furry best friend. Before you do, here are some things you should have in mind before adopting a dog.

 

1. Don’t rush yourself into it.

 

Adopting a dog is a big responsibility. You shouldn’t just say; “I want a dog!” and go get it the next day at the nearest pawn. You need to weigh your pros and cons and evaluate yourself as a person to know if you're really prepared to take care of another life.

 

2. Economic stability

 

You will have more expenses. You’ll have to buy food, get them their shots, buy toys, buy shampoo, and treats. They are also bound to get  sick, and your visits to the vet will add up considerably, especially as a college student. You’ll have your current expenses plus new ones, so it's really important that you’re economically stable and can cover  your personal needs and as well as your pet’s.

 

3. YOU MUST STERILIZE YOUR PET!

 

As we all know, Puerto Rico has a big population of stray dogs. Most of them are in the streets because their mothers got pregnant and their owners didn’t want more than one dog, so they threw them out with their puppies. Therefore, it is crucial that you take this step to ensure not only that your dog remains healthy, but also that there aren’t any more animals out there on the streets.  

 

4. Don’t forget to tag your baby!

 

Make sure that your dog is wearing a name tag  before you let it off its leash to play around campus with other dogs. That way people know it’s name, that it has its vaccines, and if lost and found it has your number so they can locate you!

 

5. Make sure you give them the time they need!

 

Dogs are really energetic and they need to exercise daily! Make sure that you not only have time for your classes, associations, and extra curricular activities, but also a lot of time to walk your pet. Take them to the park and let them get the exercise their hyper bodies need!

 

And remember to give them all the love and care they deserve!